IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 announced Wednesday the recognition of 148 student-athletes for Academic All-Big 12 teams. Texas Tech was represented 13 times – nine on the women's side and four on the men's – the most since 2015. Natalie Parks, a junior biology major, was one of 24 throughout the conference to hold a perfect 4.0 GPA.
"I'm proud of all of this group," said head coach Jon Murray. "They get in there and work hard in the classroom just like they work hard out on the course."
For Murray, the excitement comes from knowing his runners will be equipped for success after their running days at Tech are over.
"I know that this group is going to be successful out there in their careers," he said. "The lessons they're learning out on the cross country course or on the track are helping them academically."
First Team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the Second Team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. All runners from Tech were listed on the First Team.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
Below is a list of the Red Raiders who were selected, along with their field of study. Those with an asterisk attached to their name achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Jessica Gallardo, Jr., Mathematics
Allison Halloran, Jr., Human Development & Family Studies
Kate Halloran, Jr., Electronic Media & Communications
Arianna Lopez, So., Sport Management
Jazmyn Martinez, So., Sociology
Bret Leigh Nance, Jr., Agricultural Communications
Lauren Offerman, So., Marketing
Natalie Parks*, Jr., Biology
Kaitlyn Tharp, Sr., Accounting
Nathan Gift, Jr., Sociology
Riley Gonzales, Jr., Management
Luke Phillips, So., Business Administration
Joacim Zuniga, Sr., Kinesiology